Review: The Sacrament (2014)

Having a rough life?  Are you down because you lost your job and your wife left you?  Don’t worry!  Come on down to ‘Eden Parrish’ and drink your troubles away.  Just be prepared to die a quick, agonizing death because there is cyanide in that drink.  Welcome to director Ti West’s new film, The Sacrament, which is basically a modern day re-telling of the Jonestown massacre from the 70’s the revolved around a crazy religious commune in South America.    Continue reading

Holy Shit Horror: ‘Are You Not The Babysitter?’ From ‘The House Of The Devil’ (2009)

I love being startled by something unexpected in a horror movie.  It lets me know that I need to be kept on my toes and be ready for anything.  Kind of like when young Regan in The Exorcist was inappropriately banging herself with a crucifix.  Definitely a “Did that just really happen?” kind of moment.  In 2009, director Ti West gave us one of those moments in his fantastic slow-burn horror movie, The House Of The Devil.

I love this film, but it’s one that you have to be patient with.  And if you have the patience, you’ll be rewarded with scenes like the one where Megan (Greta Gerwig) is confronted by Victor Ulman (A.J. Bowen) as she tries to enjoy a cigarette while sitting in her car.  It will make you think of ducking if someone ever stops you and asks “Are you not the babysitter?

Now there have been a lot of ‘gunshot to the head’ death scenes in horror movies over the years, but that one just might be my favorite.  Obviously you know that something is probably going to happen to Megan, but it’s the sheer suddenness of it all that puts this headshot on the top of the list for me and made me say “Holy shit!“.  Poor Megan.  She probably wishes she had stuck around and ate some more pizza instead of leaving and getting her nicotine fix. They sure do like pizza in this movie by the way.

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Anticipation Alert: You’re Next (2013)

The word of mouth of a horror movie that hasn’t been nationally released can cause anticipation and outrage at the same time around our beloved genre community. Remember Trick ‘R Treat?  And most recently, we went through it with the overhyped (I write that begrudgingly) V/H/S.  A while back, I heard about this movie You’re Next because it had played at the TIFF in 2011 and the buzz was strong, with reviews popping up online praising it for being a dark comedy with violent mayhem to boot. The flick, directed by Adam Wingard (who starred in and helped direct V/H/S btw), sounds like your standard “home invasion” nightmare plot wise.  And based off of that storyline and the pics that have popped up, it immediately draws comparisons to 2008’s, The Strangers.

But something in my gore filled gut tells me that You’re Next will be something special. I know, I know – I thought the same about V/H/S before I saw it.  But keep your mind open with me and just go with it.   Continue reading

Review: V/H/S (2012)

Let me start by saying, I’m not a huge fan of the “found footage” horror film.  I know it’s supposed to be more “believable”, but most of the time it just doesn’t do it for me. Which is why I was surprised when I was ready to dive into the new horror anthology, V/H/S, without swimmies on.  Strictly based of off the red band trailer, I was all set to see if this new take on the overused “found footage” gimmick would leave me wanting more.  Or would it leave me throwing up from the sure to be used shaky cam – a wonderful “realistic” tactic found in almost all “found footage” movies.  I think I’ve met my “quotation” quota for the post btw.  Good news is that I loved it.  Bad news though is that I hated it.  Let me explain…..

*I didn’t know Daniel Craig was in this movie! Awesome!*

As with any anthology movie, you’re going to have some of the stories faring better than others.  The problem with V/H/S though is that it’s so uneven and starts so strong, that by the time the end of the movie came, I felt like it had already blown it’s load waaaaay too early.  Hey – it happens to the best of us buddy.    Continue reading

Anticipation Alert: V/H/S And It’s Glorious Trailer!

A trailer can sometimes give you a level of anticipation, excitement and hope when it comes to a movie (see Piranha 3DD), but then turns out to be a huge disappointment and steaming pile of shit (see Piranha 3DD).  So, when the trailer for the new anthology horror movie V/H/S popped up or in (slight VCR pun!), I was skeptical.  For those in the dark, this is the Sundance movie (there’s always one) where people were apparently passing out at screenings. Publicity stunt?  Shaky cam reaction?  Pulse pounding horror?  All of the above?  Who knows…..Oh – before I continue, here’s a quick synopsis of the movie:  A POV, found footage horror film from the perspective of America’s top genre filmmakers. A group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house in the countryside and acquire a rare tape. Upon searching the house, the guys are confronted with a dead body, a hub of old televisions and an endless supply of cryptic footage, each video stranger than the last.  

*behold!! the rare tapes!*

Oh – did I mention that Ti West (House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers) is one of the directors?!  Oh and did I also mention or shall I say show you the poster for the movie?!

Not bad eh?  Reminiscent of the forgotten 80’s flick Visiting Hours (Michael Ironside, yeah!).  So needless to say, I’m looking forward to this.  You’re probably tired of me teasing you and giving you blue balls about it, so without further hype and build up, here’s the red band trailer for V/H/S (out August 31st On Demand/October 5th in theaters).